By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Model Laboratory baseball team dropped its fourth-straight game Friday, 11-0 to visiting Estill County.
The Engineers jumped on top early, scoring three runs in the first inning on three hits a walk and a hit batter.
The Patriots threatened in the bottom of the second inning. Matt Pennington reached on a throwing error with two outs, then back-to-back singles by Jared Adams and Turner Curtis loaded the bases. But Curtis was picked off first base to end the scoring threat.
Estill added three more runs in the third aided by three Model throwing errors and two hits, to take a 6-0 lead.
The Engineers added a run in the fourth, then blew the game open scoring five runs in the fifth to make it 11-0.
Adams went the distance on the mound for the Patriots giving up 10 hits, while striking out one and walking four. He also hit two batters.
Model managed only six hits off Estill starter Jake Tuttle. Jesse Middleton led the way, going 2-for-3 with a single and double and a stolen base. Cody Jones, Ray White, Curtis and Adams had one single each.
With the loss, Model falls to 5-15 on the year.
The Patriots will be back in action Tuesday when they play host to Jackson County.
Berea 1 McCreary Central 0
Berea Community (14-7) picked up a big 1-0 win at home Friday over McCreary Central.
The Pirates scored the only run of the game in the first inning and made it stand up.
Devin Strong lead off the game with a bunt single. He promptly stole second, then came home on a line drive single by Hunter Wilson that gave the Pirates a lead they never surrendered even though the Raiders had runners in scoring position multiple times during the game.
Berea pitchers, Strong, Daniel Wilkerson and Gabe Long combined to keep the Raiders — who stranded 13 base runners in the game — off the board and make the 1-0 lead stand up.
“It was a good group effort. Devin fought out of the jams and Wilk fighting out of the jams he did and we made some plays behind them with two on and nobody out and with the bases loaded with one out,” Berea coach Sean Linville said. “It was probably as clean of a game as we have played this year in the field.”
Strong went the first two innings and struggled a little with his control, walking several batters, but he was able to pitch out of the jam each time. Wilkerson came on and pitched the next four innings, striking out three, but he too had to pitch his way out of a couple of jams thanks to some help from his teammates.
“Daniel pitched really, really well. He stranded a couple of runners too. We made the routine plays and we made some special plays to keep them off the board,” Linville said.
One of those special plays came in the final inning.
Pirate ace Gabe Long pitched the final frame to pick up the save.
He struck out the first batter he faced. The second man reached base. The third batter hit a line shot to right field that Sean Long raced in and caught on the run and threw to first to double off the runner.
“Sean came in hard on it and made the catch then threw an absolute laser to first to double up the runner. That was a great play on his part,” Linville said.
Long got a slow ground ball to second base for the final out.
The Pirates had only four hits. Strong, Wilkerson, Wilson and Trey Terrill each had a single, but it was enough to give the Pirates the win.
“Heading toward the district here, this is the type of game you want to play in and the type of game you really appreciate winning,” Linville said. “This is the type of game that gives you a lot of confidence going forward.”
Berea is back in action at 1 p.m. today when Williamsburg comes to town for a rematch of an game earlier this season.
In that game, the Pirates had a big lead late in the game but ended up losing it.
Linville said his team is looking forward to a shot at redemption.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to play them again,” Linville said. “We were up 10-3 in the 6th inning against them the first time around and had two horrendous errors that cost us and we ended up losing. It was a heartbreaker. We want another shot at them.”